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Douglas S. Chin, Hawaii Attorney General

Douglas S. Chin (D)

Hawaii Attorney General
Appointed: 2015

425 Queen St., Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 586-1500

The son of Chinese immigrants, Doug Chin graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from the University of Hawaii. Chin joined the Honolulu prosecutor's office in 1996, where he tried approximately 50 jury cases to verdict. Chin’s most notable cases resulting in guilty verdicts included a brutal rape-murder committed by the victim’s neighbor and a serial rapist of Honolulu prostitutes. He was recognized with a “Top Gun” award for winning the most trials in a calendar year out of 100 Honolulu prosecutors. In 2006, Chin was appointed first deputy prosecutor and later acting prosecutor in 2010.

From 2010 to 2013, under Honolulu Mayor Peter B. Carlisle, Chin served as managing director for the city and county of Honolulu, serving a population of almost one million residents on the island of Oahu. Chin was directly responsible for 23 municipal government and public safety agencies and approximately 10,000 employees with an annual operating budget of $2 billion. In 2011, Chin oversaw city operations when Honolulu became the first U.S. city to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit since 1992, an event attended by the leaders of 22 economies, including the United States, China, Russia and Japan. Chin also negotiated tough matters ranging from public employee contracts to energy sustainability initiatives.

From 2013 to 2015, Chin was a law partner and eventual managing partner at Carlsmith Ball, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the state of Hawaii. His areas of practice included renewable energy and clean technology projects, land use and development projects and commercial litigation.

Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige appointed Chin to become the state’s attorney general in January 2015. He was unanimously confirmed by the state senate on March 15, 2015. In his first two years as attorney general, Chin has prosecuted high-profile public corruption cases, negotiated a generous monetary settlement that included environmental mitigation remedies after one of the nation’s largest shipping companies dumped a quarter million gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in 2013, and completed the state’s largest-ever conservation easement land deal on Oahu’s world-famous North Shore.

Outside of work, Chin has served on the board of the local YMCA and American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He was awarded Honolulu AYSO’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award for two consecutive years. Chin has also been a board member for the American Judicature Society since 2007, during which he has served on several task forces related to courts systems and justice. Chin is married and the proud father of two teenage children.

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